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Our world is a very different place than it was before September 11th, 2001. Now, more than ever, we need the power of prayer or meditation in our lives. Several years ago, our friend Eileen was the inspiration for beginning a series of nine Novenas.
Whatever your spiritual leanings, we hope you will pray or meditate with us at 9:30 each morning. Don't worry if the time is inconvenient; as Eileen put it, "pray at your own best time God loves all prayers and we don't believe He uses a clock. Our thoughts and souls being unified in prayer throughout the day will be pleasing and will be heard."
Novena to St. Jude
"May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us.
Novena to St. Patrick
O Great Apostle of Ireland, and Patron of our people, so many are indebted to you for the great treasure of our faith. Receive our fervent thanks for the zeal and charity that has been an invaluable source of blessings to so many of our brothers and sisters. We ask your intercession for (here mention your intentions); asking you to submit all our temporal and spiritual needs to God. We pray great St. Patrick, that we always be devoted and loyal; our thoughts be of Jesus; our hearts be His shrine, so that when our life's path has been trod, we may be found worthy of eternal salvation. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.
Novena to St. Joseph
Feast Day - March 19th
Oh Saint Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh Saint Joseph, assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the Loving of Fathers.
Oh Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.
Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail.
Note: Whichever Novena you choose, the prayer is repeated 9 times each morning for a period of 9 days.
To help you plan future participation, here is a list of starting and end dates for our next series of nine Novenas:
Novena 1: October 8 - October 16
Novena 2: October 17 - October 25
Novena 3: October 26 - November 4
Novena 4: November 5 - November 13
Novena 5: November 14 - November 22
Novena 6: November 23 - December 1
Novena 7: December 2 - Dcember 10
Novena 8: December 11 - December 19
Novena 9: December 20 - December 29
We are very strong believers in the power of prayer - especially when it is lifted up by a group of people who are joined in a passionate quest for the same objective. For us, it is very simple: Peace on earth and, therefore, tranquility in all of the troubled places on our planet. This is your invitation to join us in asking St. Jude to intercede on our behalf and also to thank God for the many blessings we have received.
An inspirational quote on Faith:
When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly. Patrick Overton
Universal Prayer For Peace
Lead me from death to life,
From falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
From fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love,
From war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts,
Our world, our universe.
Peace, Peace, Peace.
The story behind the Prayer for Peace
In July 1981, Mother Teresa gave the first public pronouncement of what is known as the 'Universal Prayer for Peace'. This took place at the Anglican St. James' Church, Piccadilly in London. This well-known 'Prayer',was designed to be truly international a prayer which would be capable of transcription into any language and in supplication to any god.
A little research reveals that this 'prayer' was originally adapted by the former Jain monk and environmentalist, Satish Kumar, from a mantra in the Indian Hindu Upanishads. The Upanishads are essentially monistic treatises, secret Hindu doctrines, written from 800-400 B.C.
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Tue, Dec 2, 2014
Holly and Ivy hanging up and
something wet in every cup*
Not so long ago, Irish Christmas decorations were much simpler than they are now. The children gathered holly and ivy for adorning, windows, doorways, mantles and pictures, and the father would carve out a turnip in which would be placed a large red candle. This would go in the window to light the way for the Holy Family on Christmas Eve. Only in relatively recent times did an Irish family have a Nativity scene and a decorated tree in the house. As for Mistletoe, it's quite rare in ireland and is generally associated with ancient Celtic and Druidic fertility celebrations; this is most likely where the custom of kissing under the mistletoe comes from.
*Old Irish Christmas toast
Image: Pashley Manor Gardens.
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Celtic Prayers from Iona
by J. Philip Newell
This is a beautiful prayer book of morning and evening personal liturgy based on Monday through Saturday. It includes a lectionary of psalms and readings for each day of the church year. Amazon Reviewer
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by Robert Van de Wyer
Illustrated with designs from the Book of Kells and other Celtic and Irish designs, the prayers reflect a profound view of nature and life. I strongly recommend this to pastors or lay people with any interest in Celtic culture. Edited from an Amazon review
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Created by the Benedictine monks of Glenstal Abbey, this is a beautifully bound book that includes prayers for all occasions. Once you read it, it's easy to understand why it is a best-seller in Ireland. To see full review, please click here : Glenstal Book of Prayer